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Airport expansion in times of climate crises – examining the discrepancy.: A discursive exercise on the rationale of the Royal Schiphol Group expansion
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study tries to increase the understanding on how expansionist aviation policies are rationalized against the background of climate change politics. The study executes a case study on the Netherlands, focusing on the Royal Schiphol Group aviation expansion project.

In order to aid the understanding of the rationale justifying the expansion project, a discourse analysis inspired by environmental discourse theory, is employed. The methodological framework is grounded in John S. Dryzek’s literature on environmental discourses and supported by Fairclough’s school of critical discourse analysis. This framework allows the study to touch upon elements of knowledge and power and incorporates elements of explanatory critique. The results of the discourse analysis uncover that the Royal Schiphol Group expansion project is justified by two dominant narratives. The first is a rather practical argument that excludes the aviation sector from the countries national emission reduction pledges, based on the notion of economic competition. The second and most dominant narrative appears to be a reproduction of the discourse of ecological modernization, promoting the idea that ecological conservation and economic growth have a harmonized and even empowering relationship.

Yet, the discussion uncovers that these discursive elements are largely grounded in false claims. It furthermore explains that, even though the knowledge claims appear to be flawed, they still prevail as alternative knowledge is neglected from the debate. Supported by literature of Geels, it argues that the dominance of these narratives is largely motivated by an attempt to resist structural change to low-carbon futures. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 109
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 2019/23
Keywords [en]
Airport expansion, Schiphol Airport, Lelystad Airport, Environmental discourse analysis, Sustainable development, Carbon regimes.
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-387887OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-387887DiVA, id: diva2:1330953
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Presentation
2019-05-20, Hambergsalen, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 09:30 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved

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